19.10.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

Call for applications: Operational Oceanography Training Programme in Bermuda


Applications are now being accepted for the 2012-2013 NF-POGO Centre of Excellence in Observational Oceanography training programme at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) in Bermuda. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC) and the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) work with POGO and other organizations to promote the development of operational oceanography as a career path for young scientists with an interest in building a future ocean system which directly serves the needs of mankind through improved marine monitoring and enhanced stewardship of the seas.

The goals of the Nippon Foundation (NF) - Partnership for Observations of the Global Ocean (POGO) Centre of Excellence (C of E) at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) are to expand world-wide capacity to observe the oceans, to develop human resources in developing countries, to expand international networking in ocean sciences with an emphasis on training young scientists from developing countries, and to strengthen ocean networking relations between developed and developing countries.

The training will promote excellence in integrated, multidisciplinary oceanography on a global scale. The syllabus will include:

  • Ship-board training on the R/V Atlantic Explorer - our goal is to provide numerous days at sea for each participant;
  • A program that emphasizes Core Skills required by scientists (e.g., communication skills, both written and oral, numeracy, information technology, and science management);
  • Observational Oceanography training using state-of-the art instrumentation from BIOS faculty and staff involved in the eight BIOS time-series/ observatory programs;
  • Observational Oceanography workshops delivered by previous NFPOGO Visiting Professors including Drs. Trevor Platt, Robert Frouin, and others; and
  • Guest lectures/workshops by the numerous research scientists who visit BIOS each year for work on the R/V Atlantic Explorer.

This 10 month program will be offered in Bermuda for the 5th Year, starting in August 2012. Applications should be submitted by 20 November 2011.

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